Covid 19 Advisory for
New Jersey Cemeteries and Mortuaries
June 4, 2021, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 244 ending the
COVID-19 Public Health Emergency in New Jersey. Many of the Governor’s
executive orders that relied on the existence of the Public Health Emergency
expired as of July 4, 2021; however, certain executive orders remain in effect
until January 1, 2022, and administrative directives, orders, and waivers
remain effective until January 11, 2022, unless further extended.
State of Emergency declared in March 2020 remains in effect to continue the
State’s response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Division of Consumer Affairs greatly appreciates the dedication and
professionalism demonstrated by licensees during the unprecedented increase in
the demand for funeral and final disposition services in the State.
Please find revised joint guidance from the Mortuary Science and Cemetery Boards to licensees of
both Boards regarding revisions to the Directive and other applicable
The Cemetery Board licenses and regulates cemetery companies that are not considered religious corporations.
The purpose of the Board is to protect the welfare of the people of New Jersey. The Board accomplishes this by administering the provisions of the laws which deal with cemetery rules and regulations, the sale of lots, cemetery care, billing disputes, charges for services, and management of trusts and endowment funds. It is also responsible for licensing cemetery sales personnel and issuing certificates of authority, which are required to operate a cemetery company.
One of the most important missions of the Board is to ensure that the millions of dollars contained in cemetery Maintenance and Preservation Trust Funds are properly supervised.